THE LEGISLATURE returned compromise climate legislation to Gov. Charlie Baker on Sunday and urged him to sign it into law even though he didn’t get all the changes he wanted.
Rep. Jeffrey Roy of Franklin, the House chair of the Legislature’s energy committee, gave a speech in which he appealed to Baker to follow his own advice on compromising and warned him of the consequences of not doing so.
Roy read a passage from Baker’s recent book that extolled compromise and suggested the governor should practice what he preaches. He also warned that a veto, which would kill the legislation, would hurt the state’s efforts to meet its climate goals and set the governor up as “the one who took the breeze out of offshore wind.”
"By keeping the funding out of the climate change bill, the Legislature prevented the measure from becoming a spending bill. On spending bills, the governor has the authority to veto individual items in the overall legislation.
As a result, the governor can now only sign the bill sent to him on Sunday by the Legislature, allow the bill to take effect without his signature, or veto the entire bill.
“He’s got to take it or leave it,” Roy said. "
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